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Is there a demonic attack against priests? New Divine Intimacy Radio Episode

“Is there a demonic attack against priests?“ Is there a demonic attack against priests? Why emphasize prayer rather than action during this turbulent time in the Church? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with the author, Kathleen Beckman about her book, Praying for Priests to address these questions and more.  Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the Foundation of Prayer for Priests and how... Read More

Temperance

Temperance   Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to mortify my flesh, in order that I may live fully the life of the spirit. MEDITATION We may fail in our duty either because of the hardships and sacrifices we encounter, or because of the allurements of pleasure. Our help in the first case is the virtue of fortitude; in the second, the virtue of temperance. Temperance is the virtue which moderates in us the inordinate desire... Read More

Our Lady of Sorrows, Cause of Our Joy

September 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Drafts, Feast Days, FEATURED, Mary, Suffering, The Cross

Our Lady of Sorrows This week we'll celebrate two important feasts: the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, on September 14, and the following day, September 15, we'll remember Our Lady of Sorrows.  Two days linked forever in meaning, inseparable, poignant. September 15 also happens to be my birthday.  And for a long time, as long as I was old enough to realize who I shared the day with, I felt a little – cheated. I mean, it's... Read More

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Feast Days, FEATURED, Liz Estler, Meditations

EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (Triumph of the Cross) This feast celebrates three things: the discovery of the true cross by St. Helena, the dedication of the Basilica and Shrine built on Calvary by her son Emperor Constantine, and the triumph of the cross by which Christ defeated sin and death, winning for us salvation and everlasting beatific life in heaven. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross wrote this meditation on September... Read More

From Meditation to Contemplation – Part 12 Mini-Course on Prayer

September 13, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 12 – From Meditation to Contemplation   Editor's Note: In Part 11, David Torkington introduced Christian meditation. Today, he will talk about Lectio Divina, love as the ground of our being, and discuss some aspects of meditation.   In vocal prayer, despite the time given to brief moments of silence, we have been doing most of the talking. However, for... Read More

The Early Visions of St. Mother Teresa

September 12, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Saints, Saints and Blesseds

The Early Visions of St. Mother Theresa After Mother Teresa died, officials preparing her sainthood cause discovered a small cache of letters written to her spiritual directors and superiors during her early years. She had long ago destroyed her notes and diaries from this period and had asked others to dispose of letters she had sent to them. “I want the work to remain only his,” she told them. “When the beginning will... Read More

The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage Pt. 2 – Latest Podcast

September 11, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, FEATURED, Melissa Elson, Resources Edition, Show Notes

The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage Pt. 2 What brought a loving Protestant couple's marriage to ruins and how did the Catholic Church heal this divide? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part two of their interview with Dr. David Anders about his book, The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What converted David from a staunch Protestant background to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic... Read More

The Practice of Patience

The Practice of Patience   Presence of God – O Lord, give me greater patience that I may be able to endure more for Your love. MEDITATION Patience is a virtue of primary importance and daily necessity. As we need bread to live, so every day, even every moment, we need patience, because every day and every moment brings with it its own trial. We become patient by making acts of patience, that is, by accustoming ourselves... Read More

On the Birth of Mary – Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, FEATURED, Mary

On the Birth of Mary From a discourse by Saint Andrew of Crete on the Birth of Mary The old has passed away, all things are made new   The fulfillment of the law is Christ himself [cf Matthew 5:17], who does not so much lead us away from the letter as lift us up to its spirit. For the law’s consummation was this, that the very lawgiver accomplished his work and changed letter into spirit, summing everything up in himself... Read More

Wisdom of the Carmelites and dealing with crisis

September 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Difficulties, FEATURED, Show Notes

Wisdom of the Carmelites and dealing with crisis

Wisdom of the Carmelites and dealing with crisis. Explore the wisdom of the Carmelites as Dan Burke answers your questions regarding dealing with the crisis in the Church, mental prayer, consolations, mortification of the senses and infused recollection. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How do we know where the true shepherds reside within the Church in light of the current scandals? What does St. John of the Cross say... Read More

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